The German Business Stake in Qatar

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The family of the Qatari emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has significant investments in Germany. Picture source: Reuters

Leading German companies are stuck in the middle of an escalating conflict between Arab states, after Saudi Arabia and its allies cut ties with Qatar, a major investor in Germany.

Volkswagen, Deutsche Bank and Siemens, which all list Qatar as a shareholder, as well as railway operator Deutsche Bahn, which is highly active in Doha, all said they were watching the situation and developments in the Gulf region.

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